History

A Tale of Two Cities

45 EPISODES | LIBRIVOX |  Book, ±19 min episode total time 14 hr 59 min
A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame, redemption and patriotism. The plot centers on the years leading up to French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror. It tells the story of two men, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, who look very alike but are entirely different in character
ENGLISH Read by Various Readers History · Arts

African Roots

25 EPISODES | DEUTSCHE WELLE |  Podcast, ±3 min episode every 1 hour
DW's history project "African Roots" addresses young Africans

DW's new series "African Roots" uses online comics and radio broadcasts to highlight 25 important African personalities. The project, funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, is aimed at young audiences.
The portraits cover a long period of time, ranging from Dinknesh, the "Mother of Mankind" in present-day Ethiopia, to legendary rulers of the Middle Ages such as Mali's King Sunjata Keita to key figures from the African independence movement such as Patrice Lumumba.

These animated online stories by the successful Nigerian graphic design team "Comic Republic," will primarily be shared on Facebook once a week. DW’s Facebook platforms for Africa have more than four million subscribers. There will also be broadcasts of supporting content on radio, reaching nearly 40 million African listeners per week. Most of the content is available in six languages (English, Amharic, Hausa, Kiswahili, French, Portuguese).

DW users have raised concerns saying that public discourse on African history is often based solely on the perspective of the continent's former colonial powers. One commented on Facebook that "young Africans don't have easy access to historical documentation." "African Roots" hopes to help close this gap. The project, spearheaded by DW's Africa service, employs African sources, and was developed in collaboration with African historians, cultural scientists and writers. It targets Africa's young generation, which makes up the vast majority of the population on the continent.

Agulhas Erfenis

1 EPISODES | AGULHAS HERITAGE SOCIETY |  Podcast
Our Objectives

To raise the general awareness and interest in heritage resources through education and communication.
To preserve and promote the rich cultural history and ongoing history of L’Agulhas village, a uniquely situated village at the Southernmost Tip of the African continent.
To identify and preserve buildings, places and public open spaces which enhance the heritage of L’Agulhas and rural surrounds.
To collect, order, process, collate, preserve and exhibit documents, photographs, books and objects and audio-visual material concerning the history of L’Agulhas.
To promote, initiate and support original research related to the objectives of the Society.
To provide a research Centre and an archive facility and provide an information service to the public within the framework of the objectives.
To promote sustainable conservation, architecture and smart urban design and development that complements the fabric of the landscape and sense of place of the Southernmost Tip of Africa.
To work closely with local authorities, provincial and national heritage resource agencies who pursue the preservation and developing of the region, and actively lobby.
To have the Southernmost Tip and L’Agulhas declared as a National Heritage site.
To arrange regular meetings and activities for its membership and when appropriate, the general public.
Notwithstanding the above, the Society shall be empowered to attend to, promote and do anything ancillary to the above.

Anna Karenina

239 EPISODES | LIBRIVOX |  Book, ±9 min episode total time 37 hr 03 min
Two love stories are set against the backdrop of high society in Tsarist Russia. Anna awakes from a loveless marriage to find herself drawn irresistibly to the dashing cavalry officer, Count Vronsky. Levin struggles with self-esteem, and even flees to the country, before gaining courage to return and offer himself to the beautiful and pure Kitty. Through troubled courtships, reconciliations, marriage and the birth of each one’s first child, Anna and Levin experience joy and despair as they each struggle to find their place in the world and meaning for their lives. (Introduction by MaryAnn)
ENGLISH Read by MaryAnn (Dole translation) Arts · History

Blind History

49 EPISODES | CLIFFCENTRAL.COM |  Series, ±18 min episode total time 14 hr 48 min
Blind History is a crash course in getting to know history’s greatest men and women - and by great we don’t always mean good.

Hosted by Gareth Cliff and Anthony Mederer from Taylor Blinds & Shutters, this series will tell you what the history books sometimes leave out - the sordid stories, the less well-known details, some of the stuff they didn’t teach you at school.

Each person will help you put a piece of the puzzle in place, and bring history to life in 15 conversational minutes.

Brought to you by Taylor Blinds & Shutters.

Brick Walls And Pitfalls

10 EPISODES | NEWS TALK 94.1 |  Podcast, ±12 min episode every 3 weeks, 4 days
If you’ve ever wondered where the origin story of your family began then Brick Walls and Pitfalls is for you. Cheri Harper will help you on your quest by walking you through how to trace your family roots back to their beginning.

Cyril Ramaphosa - The Road to Presidential Power by Anthony Butler

12 EPISODES | BIZNEWS |  Series, ±44 min episode total time 8 hr 58 min
This is a serialised audiobook of the most comprehensive and respected biography on South Africa's president. Written by UCT Political Science professor Anthony Butler and read by Biznews founder Alec Hogg, it's broken into 28 instalments, with a fresh one published weekly on Mondays. The full audiobook is available for sale at R240 (incl VAT). Email jeanette@biznews.com for more details.

GinCast

1 EPISODES | CLIFFCENTRAL.COM |  Series
GinCast is the story of one of the world’s favourite drinks - this podcast explores how it started as a public health hazard, then came of age in colonial India before taking its place in modern society. Find out how it’s made, how best to enjoy it, and other interesting facts you can chuck into the conversation next time you’re enjoying a G&T with a slice & ice.

Janet of the Dunes

14 EPISODES | LIBRIVOX |  Book, ±32 min episode total time 7 hr 37 min
Known primarily for her children's books, Harriet T. Comstock would occasionally depart from that genre and showcase her writing talent in adult prose as well. Janet of the Dunes is one such departure wherein she masterfully takes us into the lives of the bold men and women who tended those life saving stations along the seaboard which many a ship relied upon for their safety. They were simple people, large of heart and as close-knit as a tiny community can and must ever be, and they, above all else, took their duties very seriously. The story revolves primarily around Janet and her "Cap'n Billy Daddy" and how their lives and their devotion to one another are touched by the others within the small circle of people of the dunes, the hills, and the light. (Summary by Roger Melin)
ENGLISH Read by Roger Melin Arts · History

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